CHICAGO (WGN) – Video of a house party Saturday night reportedly on the West Side of Chicago has gone viral and caused concern among residents.
The video, uploaded by Tink Purcell, has reached over 50,000 shares in less than a day.
Chicago police could not confirm the location of the party, but many residents have told WGN it took place somewhere on the West Side.
On Sunday afternoon, CPD did issue the following statement.
“We are aware of a video circulating on social media depicting a large house party inside of an alleged Chicago residence. While we cannot authenticate the nature or location of the gathering, we want to remind everyone of the social distancing requirements in place. CPD will disperse crowds in violation of social distancing requirements, and if necessary, issue citations or as a last resort, enforce via arrest.”
Asked about the video during his daily press conference Sunday, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said he hadn’t seen it but did hear about it. He said going to a crowded party and not social distancing could lead to the spread of COVID-19, especially since many people spread it while they’re not showing any symptoms.
“You’re literally putting everyone around you in danger, you are, they are putting you in danger, and very importantly, all of those people are putting their families and their friends who are not there with them in danger,” Pritzker said.
The top comment in the Facebook video mentions how there are too many people at the party. WGN received several tips from viewers expressing their dismay.
“This upsets me because everyone is thinking about themselves and not others that they may be spreading it to,” said Chicago resident Jayna Lynn. “Death just doesn’t seem like something to be serious about to most during this pandemic.”
The virus has disproportionately affected the South and West Sides with the African American community making up 46% of deaths in the city.
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